No fear. At the very least you will notice one solid flavor throughout the stick. AS good as any mid-level Padilla like the HYBRID, HABANO, or SERIES '68 and as good as most GURKHA'S I have smoked. Will add this one to my daily routine later this month, as a filler stick, in between the 'new' or 'very good' sticks I chain smoke over the two weeks following my monthly delivery. No discipline to smoke just one very good stick a day, then turn to decent favorites. Have to smoke all the new or best cigars first, then smoke the mass quantity sticks until my next delivery.